On diving
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On diving

Diving is the ultimate slackers’ sport. To conserve air, you absolutely must not get your heart rate up and you definitely should take it as easy as possible. Breathe all the way out, slowly. Don’t flail any of your limbs. “Be water, my friend.” I’ve always thought deliberate exercise is a bit odd*, so scuba … Continue reading

Why South America?
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Why South America?

The road to South America started a few years ago. It was an adventure pipedream my pal Celeste and I talked about. At first, we thought we should go for a couple of weeks. Then we thought about a month. Then we thought about three. Time passed and the plan dropped away, but the dream … Continue reading

The Bolivian curveball
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The Bolivian curveball

Since Bolivia is the most interesting country in South America (diversity of people, places and politics), it makes sense in this cruel and bitter world that this is the only country in the region for which you would need a visa before leaving your country of origin. It’s even more fitting that they only issue … Continue reading

The route
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The route

One of the biggest decisions I had to make was whether to approach South America clockwise or anti-clockwise from Sao Paulo. I had sleepless nights about this. Anti-clockwise meant that I could tan and scuba dive a lot during the summer on Brazil’s coast, and I could do Carnival in Rio. But it would also … Continue reading